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by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 18
Views: 286

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

People refer to Australia's gun controls but we have plenty of hand guns here in the possession of criminals, and drive-by shootings and public executions occur reasonably regularly. But we do not have people brandishing military weapons. Exactly my point. Every society has criminals and those with...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 18
Views: 286

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

Discussions never focus on individual human evil, it is as if the criminal bore no responsibility for the crime. All anger is directed at external factors and all discussion moves to political or sociological spheres, never to the moral one. Sorry, I don't accept this. Advocates of gun control (lik...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears

My law school dean recently asked me to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory first-year course. He explained that he was getting “pressure” to banish me for my unpopular views and hoped that my departure would quell the controversy. When I suggested that it was his jo...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: The Huberman Violin

jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:04 am
Oh for heaven's sake, he has family money.
I didn't know that. I was also wondering how he beat the collector.
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 701

The Huberman Violin

Joshua Bell posted this informative piece about his Strad on the Philadelphia Orchestra website: My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex-Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001. I was in London, getting ready to play a Proms concer...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?
Replies: 13
Views: 374

Re: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?

The Eagles are a team of destiny. Forget the statistics. They will be the Super Bowl winner. Trust me. Philadelphia is a wonderful city in so many ways and they deserve a winner. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D cliftwood What a game! What a season! It's a great morning to be an Eagles fan...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Does everyone feel the same about Dutoit? Yes. This would be the wrong time to feature Dutoit in a radio broadcast. That being said, I will certainly not discard my Dutoit CDs, nor will the recent revelations erase my memories of many outstanding Philadelphia Orchestra concerts under his direction.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

​First of all, let me clear up for the uninitiated this stuff about the orchestras. Classical music fans do not need this; most are familiar with the story. But many of my readers are not regular classical music fans and must be curious about what the difference is between the Philharmonia and the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 0
Views: 256

A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra

It was certainly an unusual sight at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert—a bagpiper, in full regalia, slowly marching down the left aisle of Verizon Hall, playing a tune with the stirring but mournful sounds of his instrument. We saw and heard this in the final moments of Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkne...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing off
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing

I just found this comment under an article in an online political journal and I think it makes sense. It makes sense if the essence of the matter is Trump's vulgarity. But that's only one aspect of the story. The bigger problem for me is that Trump used vulgarity to express his preference for white...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!

I'm all-Verizon these days: TV, Internet, Cell Phone....and even landline. Customer service is reasonably good, certainly better than Comcast when I had that service about 9 years ago. The only problem I've had with cell phone service is that, for several months, many incoming calls went straight to...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Season's Greetings

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:13 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
every state in the United States has a town or city named Springfield.
That's right-here in NJ we have a Springfield that borders the town we used to live in-Maplewood NJ. Regards, Len
Actually, there are two Springfields in New Jersey. The other one is in Burlington County.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Battle of the Buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Battle of the Buttons

If someone had told me three or four years ago that the President of the United States was engaged in a social media joust about the size and power of his "button," I would have said that this was an entertaining but highly improbable plot line for a fictional series on one of the cable channels.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Mann dead at 97
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: Robert Mann dead at 97

On one occasion in the 1960s, for instance, an airline barred Mr. Mann from bringing his Stradivarius aboard as carry-on luggage. Capitulating, he bought a seat for the instrument and belted it in. At mealtime, Mr. Mann tucked a napkin under the seatbelt and insisted that the flight attendant serve...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4994

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Thanks, Chalkie, for your post. As others have said, I would welcome your more frequent participation in this forum.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postcard tax filing a pipe dream as CPAs eye early retirement
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger

Wall Street Journal All that work will have a payoff, at least: CPAs acknowledge the complexity of the new overhaul is likely to ensure demand for their services remains high. There is no more talk that tax rules would be so simple that returns could fit on a postcard. In particular, changes in the...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

To begin 2018, I listened to a magnificent performance of great music: Murray Perahia's 2000 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Still on a "high" from this.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4994

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

MHO is that Chalkie may have been hacked by an impersonator, which is trying to ruin his reputation online. It's been known to happen to celebrities before........ I saw the two deleted messages when they first appeared and figured this was the case. That's what I suspected. Lance, any comments?
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

david johnson wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:57 am
Right now: Smetana/My Country/Kubelik/CSO
Just two days ago, I was listening to the same piece, same conductor, but different orchestra--the Boston Symphony.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit

Not surprisingly, this was front page, above the fold, news in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They ran the AP story, plus an article by cultural affairs writer and music critic Peter Dobrin about Dutoit's long and close association with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This afternoon, the following statement...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?

Some more thoughts on this issue. While it was momentarily refreshing to see a Republican Senator (John N. Kennedy of Louisiana) take on Peterson and two other judicial nominees, and for those three nominees to withdraw, other bad nominations have proceeded forward. Here's an excerpt from a piece in...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?

This video was amazing (in a bad way). I had very limited private practice exposure before joining State government, but even I had more experience in litigation than this guy! He has now (wisely) withdrawn his name from the nomination process. Parenthetically, litigation experience is less crucial ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 38
Views: 1677

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

One thing is comforting -- in 2016 candidates could not help but reveal who they really were. Trump a loathsome slimeball, Hillary a nagging suffragette. Choose your poison. Hillary's "basket of deplorables" remark was a serious gaffe, and she made some other costly errors in her campaign (amply do...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: Facebook reconsidered

It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. RMCR (rec.music.classical.recordings) is such a group, and though it is not what it once was, it still contains lots of useful information on a slew of classical music topics and relatively little these days in the way of trolling, flame w...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: Facebook reconsidered

Yes, Facebook can be abused, but I have found it to be valuable in many ways, including reconnecting with classmates from high school, even elementary school.
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

John F wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 am
Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land.
Thanks for the clarification.
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Only in Philadelphia
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Only in Philadelphia

Two of my favorites--the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Eagles. What other orchestra would do this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Horkik ... 382z3i5dXg
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 37
Views: 2723

Re: Moving to NYC...!

John F wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:26 am
It's not LA by any means, but it's not Michigan either!
And no wildfires, landslides, or earthquakes!
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

hoping "to marry the daughter of the wealthy peasant Tkachenko
Wealthy peasant? Seems like a contradiction in terms.
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk has something to say
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Jeremy Denk has something to say

This was the printed program for Jeremy Denk’s piano recital on Thursday night, December 7: Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives , Op. 22 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Intermission Schumann: Symphonic Etudes , Op. 13 But I knew from past experience that we woul...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 37
Views: 2723

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Congrats, Garrett!
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

​Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942): Complete Choral Works--James Conlon, cond., Kolner (Cologne) Philharmoniker, and Gurzenich Orchester.--Musical Heritage Society, licensed from EMI. Did you like Zemlinsky's music? My only experience with Zemlinsky was a February 2004 performance by the Philadel...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING

david johnson wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:22 am
I was more thankful than usual because I survived serious health problem a few weeks ago and actually got to be around for the holiday!
Glad to hear that all is well!
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer

Composer-pianists—virtuoso pianists who compose works to showcase their own performance skills—were a common sight in 19th and early 20th Century concert halls. Today, they are a rarity. Until recently, the list of prominent composer-pianists stopped at one: Marc-André Hamelin. Now we can add the Ru...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 2450

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Today at our last community music group presentation for 2017, in which we invited our audience to bring along their favourite pieces of music, I heard for the very first time the piano music of Leoš Janáček and his " In the Mists " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lFekGwREs4 Being totally unfamili...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11140

Re: What I listened to today

Feel better!
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up
Replies: 2
Views: 539

Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up

What happens when musical prodigies grow up? Some of them fade out. In their late teens and twenties, they find that they can no longer rely on their youthfulness to stand out from the crowd of other gifted musicians. But then there are those like British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Now age 25, he i...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Time To Close Down Mueller
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Time To Close Down Mueller

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putin’s denials, which contradict the assessment of American intelligence agencies that the Russian president had directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The folks who work in our intelligence agencies must be i...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 1607

Re: Hungerford Video

....the Bach-Busoni is, in my opinion (and also that of Tim Page), more impressive than the Horowitz performance at his great comeback (1965) recital. Don, perhaps you can answer this question. In the very first minute, after a couple of rapid runs, Hungerford plays a repeated chord, while Horowitz...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

I heard Zimerman only once in recital, 13 years ago. The highlight of the program was Chopin's Sonata No. 2 ("Funeral March") and his performance was breathtaking. Here's the review I wrote after this November 9, 2004 recital: According to an interview published in Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer, K...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 2682

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Is the piano recital dying? I can only speak from my experience in Philadelphia, where the answer is a definite "no." The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has been sponsoring a piano recital series for 30 years, and I've had the pleasure of attending many of these for the past 18 seasons (generall...
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 1206

Re: Prodigies

This young girl obviously has "Savant syndrome", or similar, and doesn't appear normal to me (as the mother of 4 children). I can't claim quite the level of expertise (as the father of only one, and the grandfather of two), but I beg to differ with you. Based on the interview segments, as well as a...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 1206

Prodigies

Last night, 60 Minutes' concluding segment was about Alma Deutscher, the 12-year-old British musical prodigy: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-is-mozart/ Clearly, Alma's gifts as a composer AND violinist AND pianist are extraordinary, and I hope she develops ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Thanks for posting this video. What a superb cellist!

I have a special interest in him due to my family history. According to an Ellis Island record, my paternal grandfather was from Kolomyya, Austro-Hungary (now Ukraine). That is also the birthplace of Emanuel Feuermann.
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Barney, you're right. I've now purchased tickets, so I'm monetarily poorer but anticipating being musically enriched. I'll find a way to get there on time. Here's the program: Performers Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor Daniil Trifonov, Piano Program R. STRAUSS Don Ju...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Just curious-why is 7PM tough for you for getting to a concert? Regards, Len Because of a medical appointment on that day, we can't leave the South Jersey area until about 2 pm. Maybe it won't be a problem; I'm just nervous about these things. Our hotel is right near Carnegie Hall, so that's not an...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

My wife and I will be in NYC on these evenings (checking out from our hotel/time share on November 18). If you can point me to an on-line listing of concerts, or you can suggest specific concerts on those dates, please let me know. I already know about the Gergiev/Trifonov concert on November 15, bu...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The intermission that wasn't, or
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: The intermission that wasn't, or

That is, of having an intermission of 15 minutes or so halfway through the program? Apart from providing physical relief (not just for the audience, for the performer(s as well), it provides the opportunity to absorb and reflect on what we've just heard and, sometimes, to discuss it with friends or...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The intermission that wasn't, or
Replies: 9
Views: 880

The intermission that wasn't, or

Why I'm not writing a review of Richard Goode's recital. A very peculiar thing happened at Richard Goode's piano recital in Philadelphia last night. The printed program was as follows: Four pieces by the Renaissance composer, William Byrd; English Suite in D Minor, BWV 811, by J.S. Bach Intermission...